Courtney "CJae" James
Courtney "CJae" James

Founder/Executive Director

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Meredith Hicks
Meredith Hicks

Director

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Colette Young
Colette Young

Director

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CJae has a natural drive to advocate for the voiceless. Passionate about youth, she’s served as a youth ministry leader, youth ministry director, a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Pulaski County and is also Licensed Minister. Sharing her own life experiences, unashamed and with transparency, she strives to create and an environment of trust and openness...... Safe Space. CJae is a village mom with 3 children and 1 granddaughter. Her vision for More than ENOUGH, is to Motivate youth to realize the greater purpose for their lives. Teach by giving tools to overcome barriers with life skills. Empower young minds to feel worthy to reach their goals.

“Advocate is not what I do, it’s who I am!”

Meredith, a Pine Bluff native, is the proud wife to Reverend Willie Hicks, Youth Pastor at St. John MBC & mother to Leah & Kameron Hicks. 

Professionally, Meredith is a Regulatory Compliance Manager, Board Member of the Central Arkansas Internal Audit Chapter, Past President of the Arkansas Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

Meredith also shares the passion to help others and anyone in need.

In her spare time, she enjoys planning events and spending time with her family.

Loving mother, daughter, sister and friend, Colette Young has her life living, learning, growing, and giving in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Colette is currently employed with Centers for Youth and Families, in Little Rock as a Care Coordinator and Always Promoting Independence Home Healthcare as a Targeted Case Manager.  Former employment has included The Mental Health Council of Arkansas, Nexstar Broadcasting, and Better Community Development’s Hoover Treatment Center.
Colette’s educational background in social work shows through her passion to empower others to succeed, while supporting social concerns, change and collaborative efforts.

Apral Johnson
Apral Johnson

Director

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IIyana Collins
IIyana Collins

Director

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Apral has been working in childcare for more than 20 years. When asked why she chose childcare as a career she said, “ I love children! It feels good knowing that I made an early impact on their lives.”
 

When Apral is not caring for children, she loves spending time with her family and taking mini vacation. She also loves photography and crafting.

Apral brings a perspective of the needs and challenges young children and their families may face. She chose to further her education by earning her Bachelor of Professional Studies in Early Childhood. Her gift not only allows her to have impact on children but to also develop others that share her passion.

Apral’s favorite scripture is.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God

Greetings! My name is Ilyana Collins, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas. I am a Senior at the illustrious University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, majoring in Chemistry. I was taught that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” . I have learned it is always better to give than to receive, which is why I enjoy serving my community. A quote I live by is “Never let anyone dim the light that shines from within” -Maya Angelou